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Costa Rica faces huge challenge in bid to cut transport emissions

Thursday, March 21, 2019


By 2035, some 70 percent of public transport in Costa Rica, both buses and taxis, are to have zero emissions, according to the National Decarbonization Program. But is the target realistic?

Yes it is, assuming support from the government, including incentives, the re-routing of buses, and a national high-speed cargo network, several experts say. But other say it will not be possible without sufficient financial resources.

In order to meet the target, about 233 buses a year will have to be converted through 2035, and about 1,000 counting all services, such as school buses, according to the National Transportation Chamber, La República reports in Spanish.